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Hapa Izakaya - Toronto

3.9
47 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Japanese
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  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot

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Hapa Izakaya in Toronto offers a sleek, modern dining experience within an atmosphere that is warm, vibrant and highly modernized, making it the perfect setting for a date night or for business casual diners looking to enjoy the authenticity of izakaya style cuisine. Hapa Izakaya boasts several awards, such as the Best Izakaya Ð Golden Plates 2016 the DinerÕs Choice Award in 2015 and the Best of City Dining Awards in 2014.

Some of the many dishes that earned the establishment its award-winning status include the midori salad, beef tataki, ebi mayo, ika, gindara, yaki udon and the spicy pork ishi yaki. A Hapa hour menu gives guests the chance to enjoy plenty of drink specialties at Hapa Izakaya, which includes cocktails like the spiked pear lemonade, Tokyo iced tea or the sake sangria.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 12 pm
Dinner: Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - Late
CLOSED ON MONDAYS!

HAPA HOUR- everyday from 4-6! $4 Beers and $3-13 tapas!

GUEST DJ FROM THURSDAY-SATURDAY NIGHT STARTING AT 11 PM
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Phone number
(647) 748-4272
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Takumi Saito
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Cross street
Clinton Street
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Special events & promotions
Industry Japanese Hip Hop Reggae every other Thursday by DJ Dikes

Guest DJ every SATURDAY ! by APPLAUSE MEDIA
@APPLAUSEMEDIA @HAPATDOT #EXCUSETOPRTY
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.9
food
4.0
service
3.8
ambience
Noise · Energetic
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on September 12, 2014

Hapa Izakaya never seems to disappoint. The tapas style dining is a great way to socialize and enjoy the company of your friends, date and/or family. The combinations of flavours and ingredients are always pleasing, and creative. There is something for everyone with all dietary needs to enjoy and their seafood is Ocean Wise certified. The staff is friendly, attentive and genuinely warm. Can't get enough!

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4.0Dined on September 6, 2014

I love Asian fusion food, however my hubby does not, so Hapa Izakaya was the perfect compromise. They serve traditional Japanese bar food (Japanese tapas) with a modern twist, but not overly fusion. Our favorite dish of the night was the Salmon Yukke. The service was excellent and we loved the bamboo sake recommendation...so cool! I would love to come back to try out more dishes!

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3.0Dined on August 19, 2014

The restaurant is only half-open Tuesday and Wednesday, so it is not worth going.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2014

I held my birthday dinner there last Friday and I had an amazing time! We did do the set menu since we had a party of 15. It was still great because there was 12 dishes that allowed all my guests to try a variety of their dishes. The service was phenomenal and I would highly recommend anyone to dine there!

Thank you Hapa for making the evening special for me!

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2014

I went for the Hapa Hour on a Saturday. Service was excellent. The wine selection was extensive. There were many interesting and yummy items on the Hapa Hour menu. Would prefer more choices of non-fried food items though. We had a wonderful time and would definitely visit again. They also have a $40 11-course fixe prix menu including tax and gratuity. We are interested in trying it out next time.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2014

Try the house, cold sake. It's really, really good.
The service was outstanding as well. We had 5 people waiting on us and it was not a slow night for them.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2014

Love this place. Took a group of colleagues here on a Wednesday night, which happened to be cheap beer night, and we polished off a couple of pitchers of Blanche de Chambly while tasting dish after dish of happiness! Don't miss the prawns (perfectly cooked!), the tuna sashimi (best I've ever had), and the lobster (normally I can do without - but it was amazing!). This is my third time at Hapa and love it every time.

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2014

I was there on Friday for my girlfriends birthday and the servers were extremely accommodating and helpful and the food was fantastic. Definitely will be going again

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2014

Wonderful service coupled with innovative menu at reasonable prices (unlike some other places in Toronto.) Lovely staff and delicious lobster roll. They go out of their way to make dinner an event. Only suggestion would be to ditch the TVs on non-big-game-nights. You're not a sports bar - you're a hot date spot with amazing food!

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2014

very hip... only thing was that we went on a Wed and still there were so many things on the menu that was sold out. other than that all the food was excellent

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1.0Dined on April 26, 2014

On a Saturday night, it's a welcoming spot for loud and obnoxious pre-clubbing groups.

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2014

I had visited Hapa in Vancouver in 2 locations, so I thought I'd want to give this one a try. My boyfriend and I had the Salmon Yukke, Tuna Avocado Salsa Dip, Scallop Tartare, Fish Tacos, and Chipotle Beef Curry Ishi-Yaki. We were pretty filled after those dishes, but please remember that this is an izakaya, so don't expect huge portions. They're meant to be like tapas to enjoy while you sip on some sake. Our favourite was the Tuna Avocado Salsa Dip; they give you plenty of plantain chips to go with the salsa and the salsa is very flavourful. Everything else was also really enjoyable, although I've had better Salmon Yukke and Scallop Tartare elsewhere. Fish tacos were a little boring, I was expecting raw fish, but got battered fish instead.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2014

Really enjoyed my meal there. Highly recommended.

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3.0Dined on March 21, 2014

Good food, but small portions. Sushi was really small and priced more expensive than typical sushi spots. Good service and a nice location.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2014

first time visit. Loved the food, great izakaya menu, and not as noisy/energeting as some others (like Guu). Those can be fun sometimes - but sometimes you want to enjoy your meal with out staff screaming out orders, hellos and goodbyes every five minutes. Foie Gras sushi is a must try. We had a variety of dishes for the four of us and everything was beautiful and tasty. will def go again.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2014

This was one of my best experiences using a groupon. I really enjoyed the food. It was fun and the coctails were great as well. The service was attentive.The foie gras sushi was delicious as were the ribs. I will most definitely return!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2014

This restaurant has a great selection of japanese pub style food, and everything is fresh and ready quickly. Certain items are half-price for "hapa-hour' 5:30-6:30, making the restaurant much more affordable! The service is perfect and the owners and servers are incredibly friendly. The atmosphere and music etc. is also great.

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3.0Dined on March 8, 2014

Mostly friendly and good service. Half the food was great, the other half was on the salty side. Our group ordered the fixed price menu

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2014

Came under a glass dome, smoked. Very tasty. Be sure to try the kim-chee. They make it there. super good. extensive sake/cocktail/beer selection. Fun dining experience.

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2014

The dishes are very tasty, but a bit small, tapas size, I guess. Great to have drinks and just hang out with friends.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2014

The food was so unique and the service was great!

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2014

Great food & drinks! Owners are awesome & hands on.
It would be perfect for a group birthday dinner.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2014

EXCELLENT FOOD, SERVICE, ATOMSPHERE!!

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2014

Excellent service, excellent food, excellent environment
Food are fresh and special
I like the bamboo sake the best!!

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2014

Second time, quiet on a weekday. Excellent non-sushi authentic Japanese dishes/tapas. Be prepared for new tastes and textures. Super friendly staff, wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2014

We had a perfect night. We started with a great table and server. Two important factors to a great night.
The energy of the place was so awesome on a night where the weather was pretty awful.
Our food came fast but not too fast. The server was attentive but left us alone as we were on date.
The music was fun.
All around a perfect night.
Arigatō Hapa!

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2014

I went to Happa Izakaya with two co-workers as one of them was visiting from a satellite office in another country. Nonetheless, Happa's robust menu made for a perfect match with the different palates around the table. In addition to the great food and fantastic flavours we can't say enough about the friendly and energetic staff we met that nigh. A truly good spot AND it's affordable!!

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2014

We've been here for dinner on a number of occasions. I have also been to the Vancouver locations. Great for drinks, wine and Japanese tapas. The menu and daily specials could use some updates but overall I have a good experience every time. Will come back.

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4.0Dined on January 11, 2014

My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our late dinner on Sat night. The food was delicious and flavourful, old school hip hop was playing, and the football game was on - nothing to complain about!

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4.0Dined on January 7, 2014

The food was great, service was prompt and friendly and the atmosphere was comfortable and inviting. I love Japanese food and its nice to have an alternative to just sushi...I would go back and reco to friends.

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2.0Dined on January 3, 2014

The service was good, but the good was only average. Sushi was overpriced and not worth it. The starters were good, especially the tacos. Sashimi was good also.

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2.0Dined on November 30, 2013

Staff were great but food was just so-so. too few selections and they didn't taste exceptionally good. the noise level was TERRIBLE. I find this place is more like a bar/club (by the noise level, the music they played and the way their staff dressed. They were most busy after 9pm rather than the usual dinner time), they had the music on very loud that you can hardly have a conversation with others, and people around speak loudly because of that too, very uncomfortable.

So if you are looking for a more authentic japanese izakaya place, i would not suggest Hapa.

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4.0Dined on November 23, 2013

11 course set menu was delicious and the portions were just right - we were stuffed by the time that the last course came out. And the servers were just lovely people - very helpful with recommending sake for folks who have never had any sake beyond the house stuff you get with your usual sushi fare! Music was a bit loud but I'm sure that's subjective and probably has more to do with our aging hearing.

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2013

Great experience, second time there... Would def recommend and will frequently go back!!

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4.0Dined on November 12, 2013

I love to have one of these in my neighbourhood. Friendly staff. Good service and tasty menu. First visit but will definitely go back. Favourites include scallop tartare and ika wasa. Nice twist on gyozas using lotus root. Dishes are great for sharing. Atmosphere is hip, fun and casual. Went with friends but I would definite sit at the bar on my own. Wish I lived closer....

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4.0Dined on October 5, 2013

That was quite an experience :) The staff was quite incredible and very friendly - but caution it's a VERY energetic place in terms of noise levels :) The food was great, very fresh and unique flavours - something more interesting that your typical sushi experience. Deifntiely would reocmmend to try!

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2013

Great food, service and ambiance! I would recommend this to everyone that loves sushi in an energetic and lively restaurant!

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2013

Simply put, wow. Definitely a place we'd go back to. Only drawback is the loud music.

Compared to Guu, Fin, and Don Don... I think I'd prefer Hapa. Every dish tasted amazing, and left us wanting more. Good thing we stopped b/c it'd be pretty darn pricey otherwise.

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3.0Dined on July 4, 2013

Wait wasnt worth the food, even had to wait for drinks...

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2013

It's so great to try something new! Each Japanese tapas dish is so unique and delicious. Very hip feel to the large room, trendy music but dark walls and scantily dressed servers caters to a younger crowd.

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